Australia snatched an outstanding victory against Pakistan in the 1st ODI at Brisbane. After winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first. Despite early top-order depart, Australia managed to put 268/9 on the board at the end of 50 overs.
In reply, Pakistan was bundled out for just 176 runs in 42.4 overs. With this 92-runs victory, Australia leading the 5-match ODI series by 1-0.
Brief Scores: Australia – 268/9 in 50 overs (Matthew Wade 100*, Glenn Maxwell 60, Hasan Ali 3/65)
Pakistan – 176 in 42.4 overs (Babar Azam 33, Imad Wasim 29, James Faulkner 4/32)
Result – Australia won by 92 runs
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade brilliantly scored an unbeaten 100 runs in this ODI. It was the second ODI century by an Australian wicketkeeper-batsman against Pakistan. Adam Gilchrist (103 at Lahore on 10th November 1998) was the first Australian wicketkeeper-batsman to score an ODI century against Pakistan.
- Apart from Wade’s terrific century, another Australian middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell scored an important 60 runs before getting out. Maxwell came to bat at no.6 while Wade was the next batsman. It was the 2nd time when more than one Australian batsman from no.6 to lower made 50+ runs in an ODI match against Pakistan.
The first one was at Perth on 29th January 2009, where no.6 Australian batsman Michael Hussey (67) and no.8 batsman Nathan Hauritz (53*) had scored 50+ runs.
- Australian middle-order batsmen, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade put on a very important 82-runs partnership for the 6th wicket. It is the fourth highest 6th wicket ODI partnership for Australia against Pakistan.
- Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan took 4 catches during Australia’s innings. It is the joint highest no.of catches taken by a Pakistan wicket-keeper against Australia. Former Pakistan wicket-keeper Rashid Latif had also once taken same no.of catches against Australia at Melbourne (Docklands) on 15th June 2002.
- Australian off-spinner Travis Head bowled very cheaply in this match as his bowling figure was 10-0-28-0. Considering the full 10-over quota and also taking no wickets in an ODI match on Australian soil, it (Head’s 0/28) is the 3rd lowest conceding runs by an Australian spinner. The top two in this list are: 0/22 by Tim May (against Sri Lanka at Sydney on 19th January 1988) and 0/27 by Brad Hogg (against Bangladesh at Cairns on 2nd August 2003)
- Australian left-arm pacer James Faulkner bowled beautifully in this ODI as his bowling figure was 7-1-32-4. It is the 3rd best ODI bowling figure by a left-arm Australian pacer against Pakistan. The top two in this list are 5/35 by Doug Bollinger (at Abu Dhabi on 1st May 2009) and 5/42 by Mitchell Starc (at Sharjah on 28th August 2012).
- Australian left-arm pacer took total 6 wickets (Mitchell Starc – 2/34 and James Faulkner 4/32) in this ODI. It was the 4th time where Australian left-arm pacers took 6 or more wickets in an ODI match against Pakistan.
- Australia won this ODI by 92 runs. It is the 3rd largest ODI victory (by runs) for a team at Brisbane. The top two ODI victories (by runs) on this ground are Australia won by 110 runs against India (19th February 2012) and Sri Lanka won by 94 runs against South Africa (17th January 2006)